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Current advice from Public Health England  


The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • Loss of taste and/or smell

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild illness.

Main messages

If your child or a member of the household has symptoms you must not send your child to school. You must not send your child into school until you have followed the advice below: 

We understand that this is a very difficult situation. However, everyone has a responsibility to follow the national guidance.

School is following advice from Shropshire health protection team, Public Health England, NHS and  the Department of Education  to prevent the spread of Covid 19 in our school community and the country.

Please read this advice which is from Public health England and the NHS

Symptoms of coronavirus in children

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot, for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to sense of smell or taste – this means they cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

What to do if your child has symptoms

If your child has any of the main symptoms of coronavirus:

  1. Get a test to check if they have coronavirus as soon as possible.
  2. Stay at home and do not have visitors until you get the test result – only leave your home to have a test.

Anyone you live with, and anyone in your support bubble, must also stay at home until you get the result.

When to get a test

If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.

Book a visit to a test site to have the test today. Or order a home test kit if you cannot get to a test site.

On days 1 to 4 of your symptoms, you can get tested at a site or at home. If you're ordering a home test kit on day 4, do it by 3pm.

On day 5, you need to go to a test site. It's too late to order a home test kit.

If you are not able to get a test in the first 5 days of having symptoms, you and anyone you live with must stay at home (). Anyone in your support bubble must also stay at home.


How to get a test.

 Go to the NHS website and search for Covid testing or search Gov.uk for Covid testing .


Whilst waiting for a test or waiting for results .

Your child or any siblings must not come to school everyone in the family bubble must stay home and isolate unless they are attending a test centre.


When you get your results

 A Negative result ,

As long as your child or anyone else in your family bubble has not been in close contact with anyone who has had a positive result they should return to school.

Please email or let school have confirmation of the negative result.


A positive result

Your child must not attend school for 14 days from the test result , advice re isolation for the family bubble must be strictly followed .

Please email or let school have confirmation of the Positive result.

If you have had symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test, then you may end your self-isolation after 10 days and return to your normal routine.


Everyone else in the household who remains well should end their isolation after 14 days. This 14-day period starts from the day the first person in the household became ill. People in the household who remain well after 14 days are unlikely to be infectious.


If anyone in the household becomes unwell during the 14-day period, they should arrange to have a test to see if they have COVID-. If their test result is positive, they need to follow the same advice for people with COVID-19 symptoms – that is, after 10 days of their symptoms starting, if they feel better and no longer have symptoms other than cough or loss of sense of smell or taste – they can also return to their normal routine. However, if their test result is negative, they need to continue with isolation as part of the household for the full 14 days.


Keeping up with school work

Where possible and only if children are well enough, they should check show my homework and complete work set , email their teachers with any questions about lessons.


Please contact the school with any questions.




Government Statistics show there is a link between attendance and punctuality and results at GCSE. We ask, therefore, for your support in ensuring that your child attends school regularly and is punctual. 

Parents should encourage their child’s good attendance at all times. Results show that poor attendance significantly impacts on attainment.

Every day lost in attendance reduces your child’s chance of achieving at their best. Below shows the impact of days lost nationally.

% Attendance % of cohort on this attendance attaining 5+ grade A*-C nationally Number of days missed
97% 84% 7.5 or less
95% 68% 10 or less
93% 57% 15 or less
90% 28% 20 or less

Absence from school during term time is rarely approved by the Head of School. An absence request form is available from the school reception. All absence is monitored by the Educational Welfare Officer who can enforce fines for parents.

If you wish to report an absence please ring reception by 8.30am giving the reason for your child’s absence – a telephone call is required for each day of absence.

If your child is late for school please report to the inclusion centre ( bungalow in the main car park). You will be asked for the reason for lateness and offered any support. Your child will then be escorted to their classroom. Lateness impacts the start to the day for all students.